Colorado fires: Wildfires scorching Colorado, prompting evacuations, destroying properties

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Below are the largest fires in the state that are causing either evacuations or threatening homes.

FLAGSTAFF FIRE

A fire burning in Boulder County prompted evacuation notices. Boulder County officials say the fire is about 300 acres and is burning on the west side of the Flatirons. The fire is 30 percent contained as of Thursday morning and workers will try to get it completely contained by Saturday. Heavy rain fell on the fire area Wednesday afternoon, increasing relative humidity. A resident in the area says lightning was seen before the fire started. Find out more details here.

HIGH PARK FIRE

The High Park Fire is now 87,284 acres with 75 percent containment. The fire started on June 9 around 6 a.m. and is burning approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins. More than 1,300 personnel are fighting the blaze. On June 11, authorities confirmed 62-year-old Linda Steadman died from the blaze. Search crews found Steadman's remains at her house on Old Flowers Road. Authorities say Steadman received two notification calls. A deputy was on his way to personally warn her, but he was pushed back by flames. Larimer County officials confirm at least 257 homes are destroyed from the High Park Fire. The cause of this fire is lightning. Find out more details here.

LIGHTNER FIRE 

Light rain and higher humidity levels helped firefighters reach 40 percent containment in the 80-acre Lightner Fire burning near Durango. A pre-evacuation notice for residents north and west of the junction of County Roads 207 and 208 will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday night. Find out more details here.

LITTLE SAND FIRE

The Little Sand Fire is now 23,400 acres with only 31 percent containment. The fire started on May 13 around 4 p.m. and is burning approximately 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs. More than 230 personnel are fighting the blaze. No structures have burned or threatening in this blaze. The cause of this fire is lightning. Find out more details here.

PINE RIDGE FIRE

The Pine Ridge Fire is estimated at 1,500 acres and zero percent contained. The cause of this fire is lightning. The fire is burning about 10 miles northeast of Grand Junction. Find out more details here.

TREASURE FIRE

The Treasure Fire is burning 320 acres with only 10 percent containment. The fire started on June 23 at 11:10 a.m. and is burning five miles northeast of Leadville. No structures have burned in this blaze. The cause of this fire is human-caused, but it is still under investigation. Find out more details here.


WALDO CANYON FIRE

The Waldo Canyon Fire is now 18,500 acres with 5 percent containment. The fire started on June 23 around noon and is burning in Pike National Forest in El Paso County. More than 760 personnel are fighting the blaze. The cause of this fire is under investigation. Find out more details here.

WEBER FIRE

The Weber Fire is burning more than 9,279 acres. The fire is 35 percent contained. It started on June 22 just after 4 p.m. The fire is burning in Montezuma County just six miles south of Mancos and just south of Highway 160. More than 100 homes were evacuated. No homes have been damaged in this fire. Officials say someone started the fire, but no further details are available at this time. Find out more details here.

INACTIVE FIRES

 

  • Button Rock Fire
  • Hewlett Gulch Fire
  • Lower North Fork Fire
  • Springer Fire
  • Sunrise Mine Fire
  • Woodland Heights Fire

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